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This area of southeast Turkey is steeped in biblical history, and the ancient sites here tend to be remarkably well preserved. Şanlıurfa, known as Urfa, has a timeless quality and is a major pilgrimage site for Muslims; many Muslims believe it's where Abraham was born. Don't miss the bustling bazaar and delicious local cuisine.
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- Legend has it that Abraham was born in the Hazreti İbrahim Doğum Mağarasi natural cave in the Hasan Pasa mosque.
- Gölbaşı Parkı is home to famed carp pools, also associated with Abraham. The place has a serene, spiritual feel.
- Don't miss the local bazaar, which is packed with traditional craftsmen, including coppersmiths and tailors.
- Visit the ancient city of Harran, 31 mi/50 km southeast, for its unique beehive-shaped houses.
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